Powerpedia created #GetChargedUp, a nonprofit, to provide free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja, Mexico and beyond. The organization launched its flagship program, #EmpowerOrphans, with the announcement that it would install a 10-kilowatt solar system at the at Rancho De Los Niños Orphanage in Valle de Guadalupe.
"We are grateful to #GetChargedUp for helping the children of Rancho de Los Niños," said George Perez board member of Corazon De Vida, which provides support for the orphanage. "Taking care of basic needs is our most difficult challenge as we help more than 400 children in 10 different orphanages.”
Powerpedia estimated that the solar system will save 10 percent of the orphanage’s monthly operational costs. Funds once budgeted to pay for the cost of electricity will go toward education, food and healthcare for 70 children, including 14 special needs kids who reside there. The installation will also serve as a training opportunity for locals to learn skills that could provide future employment in the growing Mexican solar industry.
"I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Niños orphanage in Baja, Mexico and it was an extraordinary experience for me," said Faisal El Azzouzi, principal at Powerpedia and founder of #GetChargedUp. "It is truly humbling to see the hard work put forth by the staff and the passion of the volunteers at the orphanage. We couldn't be happier to contribute with clean electricity and high-tech education to take care of some of their basic needs today, and help prepare them for a better tomorrow."
Through #GetChargedUp, Powerpedia aims to support disadvantaged children by giving them access to renewable energy and to teach them computer skills through innovative curriculums. To support its efforts cThru Media, a digital advertising company, donated its services to #GetChargedUp to promote the cause and connect potential donors to the program’s crowdfunding website.
Other organizations are also working to expand renewable energy access to the less fortunate. GRID Alternatives continues to provide renewable energy access and job training to low-income and underserved communities across the US. Recently, the organization worked with SunPower to donate more than 2 megawatts of solar to low-income residents. The cooperative effort also involved the initiation of the Solar Futures Program, which provides classroom and hands-on solar training to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.Tweet